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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Starting

When things go wrong or don’t turn out the way you pictured them in your head, you just have to go with the best intentions defense. I have a lot of good intentions. — Blake Shelton

I really like this quote by Blake Shelton; lately it has kind of been the way I’ve lived my life. With the “end of the year” this and the “beginning of the year” that, I’ve struggled to maintain the day-to-day activities. One thing in particular that I haven’t been a real go-getter on is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Thank goodness, staff member Sharon Bishop has done some thinking on the matter and has taken action. This program challenges parents and caregivers to share 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters school. Doing so will help their children develop critical early literacy skills from birth that prepares them to enter school.

Sharon has come up with the idea to give parents options on how they want to manage the program. There are apps for iPhone and Android users where they can keep track of the books on their phone. To download book record sheets, go to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. You can choose just how detailed you want to get with the program. You can download two sheets to write down the first 100 books read or you can download four sheets. The two sheets have 50 lines each and the four sheets have 25 lines each. The four sheets give you much more space for scrapbooking opportunities if you are wanting to make this an amazing keepsake for your child. We will be providing three-ring binders to keep your sheets in as you and yours move through your 1000 books. Eventually, in the very near future, we will have the sheets available on the counter.

We would like for you to visit the library after reaching every 100-book milestone, so that we can celebrate with you. A bulletin board will be set up just to acknowledge those participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Give us a call or come in and talk to us if you have any questions.

We have a magazine rack close to the entrance where people can bring their magazines they no longer want and pick up magazines they have not read yet. For the first time since we started it a year ago, it is sitting empty. If you have an excess of magazines sitting around, we would be more than happy to provide the space for you to share them with others!

Starting a New Year

newspapers in reading roomStarting a new year around here isn’t an easy thing. There are so many things to get done in the first six weeks that my to-do list is beginning to look like a chapter book! One of the things I have to get done soon is confirming our magazine order. This is the time of year that we choose whether to continue receiving each of the magazines or dropping th subscription and trying out a different one.

I know there are magazine readers out there. The worst thing about magazine subscriptions is the accumulation that can build up and spread over every available space. We can help you with that around here. Is there a magazine that you really, really like to read, but don’t want to subscribe to? Is there a magazine that you would like to look through before you do subscribe to it? Do you just want a Friday evening at home reading a variety of magazines? Come in and check out what we do have and give us your suggestions on what you wish we had.

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is going good throughout the county. Parents are getting their young children signed up to receive their book each month. You can drop by the library and pick up an enrollment form or you can go to imaginationlibrary.com and sign your child up online. All children under five years old are eligible to receive a book each month. The first book will take 8 to 10 weeks to arrive. One thing I would like to add, if you have more than one child under five, sign each one of them up. They each will receive their own book that is age appropriate.

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Lincoln Library, Hardtner Library, and Kiowa Library are all working together so the program will be uniform county-wide. We will begin enrolling children in the program on February 3rd! Come on by and we will get your child signed up and answer any questions you may have.

The Expansion Committee will be meeting this week in hopes of moving closer to finalizing the plans for the newest addition. There will be no boredom at Lincoln Library in 2020!